New industry groups sought for food labelling

05th July 2011 - Fine Cut

The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) is to create two new label industry working groups to establish a code of practice on food labelling, Labelsandlabelling.com reports.

BPIF - which represents the UK print, printed packaging and graphic communication industry - would additionally like to assess the feasibility of developing a filmic label and filmic release liner waste collection system.

Following the Future Demands of the Narrow Web Industry seminar in Leicester, the BPIF requires the new industry bodies to monitor the on-going changes in EU legislation on materials and articles in contact with foodstuffs.

This includes packaging waste and issues surrounding certificates of compliance within the printed labels sector.

When the subject was brought up at the seminar, some of the topics up for consideration included "label and packaging inks, ink migration in food packaging, trends in ink curing technology, sustainability and waste management, migration behaviour of pressure-sensitive adhesives, NXT plate technology, and the Pantone ink system and ink dispensing."

John Bambery, chairman of BPIF Labels, says that future EU changes will have "a far-reaching impact on label materials suppliers, label converters and their customers." Therefore there is an urgent need for BPIF labels to develop and provide guidelines or recommendations.

According to Silobreaker, which also cited the story, the BPIF has seen some high profile suppliers becoming members of its organisation that could fulfil this duty.

However, this opportunity is open to all UK label converters - irrespective of their status as a BPIF member or not. Interested parties are urged to contact the BPIF as soon as possible.

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